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Jakarta Post

Wayang ‘potehi’ A symbol of the nation’s acculturation

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 6 2020   /  02:26 am

Cultural richness: Wayang potehi is form of puppet theater that was introduced to Indonesia by Chinese immigrants.Indonesia is a melting pot of many cultures and one form of puppet show, wayang potehi (Chinese glove puppetry), has shown how diversity and acculturation have continued to create new cultural treasures.Unlike traditional leather-made wayang puppets, the cloth puppets of wayang potehi are moved by the dalang’s (puppeteer) gloved hand.Wayang potehi is not as popular as other forms of wayang, being rarely seen outside of temples.The Jakarta Post recently spoke with Josh Stenberg, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney’s Department of Chinese Studies who was in town to speak at a discussion on wayang potehi at Salihara.Stenberg, who focused on wayang potehi for his PhD dissertation at Nanjing University, said that the puppe...